So, you’re ready to smoke your first Torpedo cigar. Congratulations! You’ve moved up to one of the big boys, but you’re not entirely sure how to cut a Torpedo cigar it because the head is rolled to a point. Cigars of this type are categorized in cigar speak as “figurados,” which also includes Belicosos, Pyramids and the like. They’re rolled in this bottle-neck style so the smoke is more concentrated, and therefore, richer in flavor when it hits your palate. But don’t let that pointy little head intimidate you. It can be cut just like a round or flathead cigar. The main difference is how you cut it and the type of cigar cutter you use. Continue reading
Padron cigars are one of those magical brands that pretty much every smoker loves or wants to try. It’s not hard to see why, because for decades Padron cigars have included some of the best, tastiest, and highest rated cigars available anywhere.
They owe their success largely to two things. First is a fanatical dedication to quality: they could easily grow bigger to meet demand, but refuse to do so if it means the quality of their cigars would be compromised. The second is their being “vertically integrated,” a fancy corporate word that really just means that they control their entire supply line. So all of the tobacco used to make Padron cigars is grown, harvested, cured, fermented, and aged by Padron in Nicaragua.
Today I’ll be smoking and giving my Padron cigar review cigar from their core line, often referred to as the “thousands series.” Continue reading
So I was forced to provide my Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro cigar review, which of course meant smoking this terrific cigar counted as part of my daily “work”. Oh the sacrifices I make in the name of entertaining cigar content.
When we think of the top three cigars we have ever smoked, everyone’s list should include the Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro. There is very good reason for this too, as these have been some of the most consistently highly rated cigars ever produced. Each cigar uses a minimum of 4 year aged tobaccos before it is rolled using only sun-grown natural wrappers (as opposed to shade grown) which gives a lot more flavor to the overall bouquet of the smoke, or a rich maduro wrapper. Both options are made in a box-pressed shape. I personally prefer the maduro to get more of that sweet, rich flavor, and luckily for me, that was the blend selected for this cigar review. Continue reading
Padron cigars – what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see (or hear) those two words? Speaking for myself, it’s not a word; first I get a flash of an image of the cigar, specifically the band, but what really comes to mind is their unique flavor. I don’t know the science of how the brain does this, but I actually taste that earthy, mocha-laced flavor that makes Padron cigars so distinctive. I’m sure the same thing happens when you think about one of your Mom’s special recipes, or a favorite dessert, wine, beer etc. It seems as though things we ingest that we either really love or hate, we can actually taste in absentia, and when it comes to cigars, even though I have a lot of favorites, for some reason Padron cigars just seem to stand out in that particular way.
Practically every cigar smoker I’ve met seems to have a special place in their heart for Padron cigars. It’s like they have this mystique about them, not unlike that attributed to Cuban cigars. The difference is, the Cuban cigar mystique has to do mainly with their pedigree, but even more so, the fact that they’re illegal. The Padron mystique seems to have more to do with that incredibly unique flavor they have. I’d even go so far as to say that the only cigars as inimitable as the finest Cubans are Padron cigars. If you’re an avid cigar smoker, regardless of any other cigars you smoke, even Cubans for that matter, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Perhaps this excerpt from a 2006 New York Times article on Jose Orlando Padrón sheds some light on their ability to produce such highly coveted cigars:
After the revolution in Cuba, most of the country’s big producers shifted operations to the Dominican Republic, but Mr. Padrón swears by Central America, where he says the conditions are most similar to Cuba’s.
- “A Career Seasoned With Cigar Smoke and Revolution” (The New York Times)
Whether it’s their main line, or their Padron Anniversary editions, the consistency and fullness of flavor is beyond reproach. Perhaps Ernesto Perez-Carrillo said it best when we visited him in the DR this past February; we were talking about boutique cigars. Although I’m paraphrasing, essentially he said that “Padron is committed to making only so many cigars per year, and that’s it.” This gives them much tighter control over their production, therefore there’s very little, if any, margin for error.” “And he doesn’t care,” added Carrillo. (Again, I’m paraphrasing.) He didn’t mean that in the apathetic sense. What he meant was, they probably could produce more cigars and make more money, but that’s not what they’re about. They’re only concern is making great cigars, which is also Señor Carrillo’s philosophy. Both the Padrons and the Carrillos have enjoyed vast success and revenues for generations. Why change simply for profit’s sake? As Don Jose Orlando says:
A businessman has to be thinking all the time, dealing with problems. I do it best when I’m smoking.
And he’s smoking some pretty darn good cigars, too.